TT 60: Keith Jarrett, Jimmy Lyons, Wynton Kelly/Jimmy Cobb

I had a pretty good time teaching my students remotely. Working from home forced me to write down a few things for Keith Jarrett’s 75th birthday.

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I also live-tweeted a re-listen to the first few Standards Trio albums.

This was a popular tweet thread, so I also did it with Weather Report (the in-between years ‘twixt Miroslav Vitous and Jaco Pastorius, usually Alphonso Johnson was on bass)

and the first three Old and New Dreams CDs.

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The latest JazzTimes Chronology is about Jimmy Lyons and his masterpiece LP, Other Afternoons.

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Farewell Jimmy Cobb!

The score to Wynton Kelly’s “Freddie Freeloader” can be seen at DTM along with a couple more comments about Mr. Cobb. If any TT readers want the PDF, hit me back on email.

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I’ve been still doing the TV themes, up to 24, running out of gas a bit, will stop with either 25 or 30.

I also offered a minor salute

and a tiny birthday present for Darcy James Argue

TT 59: 70's jazz, DB article about TV themes

TT 58: Mel Powell

Last newsletter of the week, I promise! Tune into my socials if you want to keep up with the TV themes. (I’m about to try practicing Doctor Who, which — somehow — I have never attempted to play.)

Too many newsletters…but this essay is a big one for DTM, it’s been in the works for months, and so I gotta get the word out.

It’s nice when one of my deep dives gets noticed, but really I do these things for myself. As with Hall Overton and Gunther Schuller, I see Mel Powell as a direct forbear of my own work. This DTM essay is one way to clear the brush when contemplating my own future as a composer and pianist…

Mel Powell Unfurnished.

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Yesterday’s TV theme was Murder, She Wrote. I’ve been reading all the Jane Marple lately and I love the cover of that omnibus edition….

TT 56: Bernice Greenwold, live interview today w John Rogers

Hail and farewell to Bernice Greenwold, 97 years old. (Not from Covid.) I took this photo at Xmas: Five generations in one shot: David on the other end is 5. (In between are Donna, Nikki, and Tyler.)

Bernice was always good for a joke, she could bake up a storm, she remembered WWII history in detail. There were five daughters -- now that’s a footprint -- and her oldest, Ruth, is my wife's mother. It's been a great family to have married in to, and the loss of our supreme matriarch is a solemn moment.

The wheel always turns, there's nothing to be done about it, except to try to weather the vicissitudes with style. On my side, everyone dies young or in terrible condition; on Sarah's side, they live forever and stay in good shape.

Bernice was with it until very late in the game. Just three nights ago, over FaceTime, I played her favorite song “Tea for Two” and she thanked me very sincerely.

Bless you, Bernice! Save travels!

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In the spirit of “live events during the pandemic,” John Rogers is interviewing various folk at 7PM EST each night on his FaceBook page. Last night it was Alan Sparhawk, tomorrow it is Bill Frisell.

I’m on tonight, here’s the link.

John is a celebrated photographer who has done some tremendous work in the jazz world, including photos for my CDs Tootie’s Tempo, Costumes are Mandatory, and Billy Hart’s All Our Reasons.

John Rogers website.

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